SMS Group takes over Paul Wurth

Friday, 23 April 2021 10:05:44 (GMT+3)   |   Istanbul

German plantmaker SMS group has announced that it has acquired the remaining 40.8 percent of Paul Wurth S.A, which were previously held by the Luxembourg state and state-owned banking organizations. SMS has become the sole owner of Paul Wurth's plant engineering business, strengthening its competence in metallurgy and hydrogen technology.

With this step, the Luxembourg site will be expanded to become the research and development center for decarbonization and recycling within SMS group. To this end, SMS and Paul Wurth are pooling their research and development activities with the common aim of continuing to set technological standards in these forward-looking fields. The future range of services includes all technologies for reducing CO2-emissions in existing steel mills; hydrogen-based, CO2-free direct reduction of iron ore; and Power-To-X technologies for producing synthetic fuels and down­stream products.

“Green Steel means an enormous transformation for our customers. SMS and Paul Wurth have been setting technological standards in the steel industry for 150 years and have already worked together very successfully in recent years. By combining our competences, we are ensuring that SMS and Paul Wurth will remain synonymous with innovative and sustainable solutions,” Georges Rassel, CEO of Paul Wurth said.

“In the coming decades, decarbonizing technologies will replace the traditional blast furnaces and coking plants in integrated steel plants. Therefore, the energy balance at the steel plant will have to be reconsidered and reorganized. Our customers will require fully integrated solutions to bring about this change. Alongside the decarbonization roadmap, efforts will continue in developing digital solutions to establish self-learning processes. This disruption in the global steelmaking market means the time is right for Paul Wurth and SMS Metallurgy to form a single solution provider,” Edwin Eichler, Chairman of SMS group stated.


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